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Karen Hoewing

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General Counsel
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
& Battelle's Pacific Northwest Division
(509) 375-2216

In her current position, Karen Hoewing manages the legal and intellectual property law functions at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Her objective is to provide world-class legal services to support the world-class science being performed at PNNL. These services are provided through understanding internal clients' business and partnering with them to enable accomplishment of their goals, with appropriate consideration of legal issues and risks. Karen is the key point of contact for legal and policy issues for PNNL and Battelle's Pacific Northwest Division. The legal services provided include prime contract negotiation, drafting and negotiation of legal agreements (e.g., licenses, Memorandum of Understanding's, Cooperative Research And Development Agreement's, copyrights, teaming agreements, leases, etc.), employee and labor relations, Environmental Safety & Health regulatory compliance, human subjects research, protection of intellectual property rights, litigation support, client counseling, and retention and management of outside counsel.

Prior to joining PNNL in 1992, Karen was the Chief Counsel for Environmental Compliance at Westinghouse Electric Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In that role she was responsible for corporate environmental permitting and compliance issues. Prior to that, she was General Counsel of the Westinghouse Hanford Company I Richland, Washington and responsible for contractor legal matters at the Hanford Site. Karen also was a senior attorney for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in its Idaho Operations Office in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where she had primary responsibility for contractual and environmental issues at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory.

Karen has more than 30 years of experience with and DOE contractors, as well as private sector experience. She has resolved numerous legal and contractual issues covering a diverse spectrum of both government and private parties. Karen was a key negotiator of the Hanford Site Tri- Party Agreement and also successfully concluded numerous environmental enforcement actions. She has extensive experience in providing legal advice and representation to senior managers and corporate officers.

Karen is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. She serves on the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Board of Advisors; is a member of the Acquisition Working Group of the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG); and is a founding member of the Department of Energy Contractor Attorneys' Association (DOECAA).

B.A., International Studies, University of the Pacific
J.D., University of Washington School of Law

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